Welcome to the NT Mental Health Coalition
The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed (NGO) mental health sector in the Northern Territory. The NTMHC has a network of around 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of about 35 organisations across the Northern Territory. The NT Mental Health Coalition is a full member of the Mental Health Australia (MHA) and a founding member of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). NTMHC engages and consults regularly with the NGO community mental health sector, its’ members and stakeholders through workshops, surveys, forums, one on one discussions, social media, events such as Mental Health Week promotion, phone and email contact.
NT MENTAL HEALTH COALITION ANNUAL REPORT 2016/2017 click here
The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017 has now been completed. A forum for all interested stakeholders was held on 22 January in Darwin. This was an opportunity to discuss the findings and recommendations of the review. A further forum was held in Alice Springs on 15 March. To view the final report click here
NT Mental Health Coalition article on Croakey (independent, in-depth social journalism for health) 19 January 2018 about the mental health and suicide prevention service review undertaken for the Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN). Click here
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) are launching two important documents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention, to mark National Close the Gap Day 2018. The first is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration Implementation Guide. Click here
The second is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Policy Concordance. Click here
The value of the Policy Concordance is that it will now be possible to ascertain what documents as diverse as the Fifth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Framework, the Cultural Respect Framework, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan and the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration, among many others, require of Australian Governments, PHNs and the mental health system overall. The Concordance aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the mental health space and our communities by providing this important accountability tool.
The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has developed two easy-to-use resources to support mental health and human services ensure that any event or activity that they facilitate, such as a conference, workshop, seminar, consultation, training or meetings, follow trauma-informed principles. These resources aim to promote a supportive culture that encourages collaboration and trust between the host organisation, presenters and attendees. To view resources click here
The new look, mobile friendly ShelterMe website is now live. To view click here
A joint venture between the University of Sydney and Community Mental Health Australia.
Final report: Stakeholder identified gaps and solutions. Released January 30 2018.
To view the report click here
The National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS) has been funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, to provide a critical response to support individuals, families and communities affected by suicide-related or other trauma that is culturally responsive to their needs and to strengthen community capacity and resilience in communities where there have been high levels of suicide to better recognise and respond to critical incidents and strengthen service system coordination. To learn more click here
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The Office of Disability is excited to announce a range of sector development workshops in 2018. These sector development workshops will support your organisation to deliver services that are flexible and tailored to individual strengths and needs. You can register your attendance at here
This work kit has been developed to guide the way communications professionals talk about the Northern Territory’s youth justice reform.
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Joint Standing Committees Report: Provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition – August 2017
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ABC Radio Darwin 18 July 2017
Mental health advocates in Katherine are questioning the efficiency of support services in the town, despite the recent announcement of federal funding for a new youth mental health service. Read more here
What do federal government policy initiatives look like when they ‘trickle down’ to individual groups, communities and people? Inevitably they will have different implications in different situations.
A recent roundtable in the remote Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek was convened amidst intersecting policy changes, including those addressing mental health, disability and the delivery of primary care.
Resources, tools and products for the disability sector. Click here
NDIS letter outlines the outcome of the FY2017-18 pricing review and the decision to undertake an Independent Pricing Review
Read the letter here
Health justice partnerships involve lawyers and health/community professionals working together to provide better access to justice and improved health and wellbeing outcomes for targeted, vulnerable patients. For more information click here
The Turnbull Government will provide a $47 million boost to front-line services for suicide prevention and directly address a growing community need. Services will be available right across Australia and will include training for at risk families and support groups,...
NDS has released its paper ‘How to get the NDIS on track’ which makes strong recommendations on the necessary way forward for the NDIS.
Understanding Advocacy Practice in Mental Health: a Multidimensional Scalogram Analysis of Case Records
A plan for Queensland’s State-funded Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs.
The reported prevalence of mental illness in rural and remote Australia appears similar to that of major cities. Access to mental health services are substantially more limited than in major cities. Tragically, rates of self-harm and suicide increase with remoteness. To view the latest Mental Health Fact Sheet click here
The CMHA submission can be accessed on the Productivity Commission website: Click here
Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) is calling on the Territory and Federal Government to protect existing supports for mental health carers, following the release of a major new report showing informal mental health carers are contributing $13.2 billion annually caring for people with mental illness, 1.7 times more than government investment in mental health services nationally. For the Media Release click here
Click here for the full report
CMHA have completed their 2017-2018 Federal Pre-Budget Submission. The Pre-Budget Submission has been developed in consultation with the States and Territories. The Submission puts forward six defined budget initiatives that are concrete measures to address issues occurring with the various mental health reforms and the NDIS that could be considered for inclusion in the 2017-18 Federal Budget. View the submission here
Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS – The provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition.
The Coalition in partnership with NTCOSS and NT Shelter developed a draft document. It was then decided that each organisation should submit their own submissions highlighting the issues facing the Northern Territory in the rollout of the NDIS. To read the submissions and to see who else provided submissions Click here.
Invitation to join free Online Peer Support Forums
– in partnership with SANE Australia Click on the banner to go directly to the SANE forum web page. The SANE Forums are a safe, anonymous online community for people living with mental illness and their families, friends and carers. Thousands of Australians use the Forums everyday to support each other and share their experiences. SANE Australia is inviting NTMHC members to join this free program, simply by integrating the service into their websites. Currently there are 49 organisations around Australia participating in the program. SANE is funded through the Australian Government Department of Health to develop and moderate the Forums 24/7 and carries all liability for the service. These partnerships with community mental health organisations are vital for reaching the Forums into metropolitan, regional and rural communities around Australia, as well as providing users with diverse expertise, information, resources and referrals. To express interest in the program, please contact: Syl Jenson Partnership Manager – SANE Australia M: 0416 811 272 E: firstname.lastname@example.org